Plus, Students’ STEM Summer, Pathways to Research Discoveries and more
Plus, Students’ STEM Summer, Pathways to Research Discoveries and more
Columbian College

August 2022

John P. Benison
Blind from birth, John P. Benison, BA ’93, has triumphed over life challenges. Now a federal civil rights leader, he credits his success to his parents and his experience at GW, which he attended with the help of scholarship support.
Couple shaking hands with a real estate agent after buying a house
Boosting homeownership among Black people will require acknowledging a history of racial discrimination in real estate, according to researchers including sociology’s Gregory Squires.
Jennifer Forestal
Jennifer Forestal, a research fellow with the CCAS Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics, examines how the “involuntarily celibate” community became a dangerous misogynist culture.
Grad Class of 2022 Cap decorated with flowers and ribbon
Read about CCAS students, faculty and alumni who are making an impact in the classroom and around the world. For a print copy of the magazine, contact
Lily Reck and Nora Houseman
Through a new CCAS internship program, STEM students like cognitive neuroscience major Lily Reck (left) and chemistry major Nora Houseman (right) spent the summer in labs, working with faculty and preparing for science careers.
Students presenting chemistry posters
A new research program led by CCAS chemistry faculty hosted students from around the country for workshops on combining environmental science and policy concerns like designing safer chemicals.
D. gvnigeusgwotli species of Salamander
Three new black-bellied salamanders once thought to be a single species were discovered in the southern Appalachian Mountains by a research team led by biology’s R. Alexander Pyron.
Two chemists analyzing samples
A significant number of research grants were awarded this year to CCAS scholars from top research organizations, leading to new projects on topics from climate change to COVID-19.

In Memoriam

It is with deep sadness that we note the recent passing of the following members of the CCAS community:
Roderick French, former philosophy professor and vice president for academic affairs.
Nozer Singpurwalla, emeritus professor of statistics and distinguished research professor.
Emma Thomson, BA ’16, (political communication) beloved student in the CCAS School of Media and Public Affairs and communications director for the office of Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.).


M. Shams Billah, BA ’08, (Economics) was named to Bloomberg Law’s “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40” list in the Banking and Finance category.
Jeff Marootian, BA ’01, MPA ’03, (Human Services and Social Justice, Public Administration) was nominated by President Biden as assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Christopher Rollston (Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) co-authored the book Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honor of P. Kyle McCarter Jr.
Eiko Strader (Public Policy, Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) wrote the book Demography of Transgender, Nonbinary, and Gender Minority Populations.
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